Charity Briefs for Sept. 25, 2012
September 24, 2012 4:06PM
A fundraiser for the family of Janet Arndt, who is awaiting a heart transplant, is from 7 p.m. to midnight Sept. 28. Visit heart4janet.org or mail to Heart 4 Janet Benefit, c/o Archer Bank, 3435 W. 111th Street, Chicago, IL 60655. | Supplied photo
Updated: October 26, 2012 2:07PM
Pizza fundraising: The Orland Park Giordano’s, 14325 S. LaGrange Road, will donate 15 percent of all proceeds Sept. 25 to the Orland Hills Wolves. For more information, call (708) 349-7500.
Pizza fundraising: The Mokena Giordano’s, 11400 Lincoln Highway, will donate 15 percent of all proceeds on Sept. 25 to the New Lenox Youth Football Association, Sept. 26 to the Mary Bartkowiak Benefit, and Sept. 27 to the Mokena Burros. For more information, call (815) 806-8282.
Eat and Earn fundraiser: On Sept. 26, Beggars Pizza will donate 20 percent of your bill to benefit Josh’s Gift to Share, which supports research and awareness about hydrocephalus (water on the brain). A copy of Josh’s Gift to Share flyer must be presented at the time of order/payment. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a copy. Participating Beggars locations include Blue Island, Oak Forest, Orland Park, New Lenox, Merrionette Park, Plainfield and Oak Lawn. Josh Groll, 4, of Oak Lawn, was diagnosed with hydrocephalus at 6 months old and has undergone 16 surgeries.
A matter of heart: A fundraiser to benefit the family of Janet Arndt, who is awaiting a heart transplant, is scheduled for 7 p.m. to midnight Sept. 28 at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St. in Merrionette Park. Arndt, of Oak Forest, married and a mother of two boys, has undergone five open-heart surgeries since birth and learned in November she would need a heart transplant. Tickets for the fundraiser are $30 in advance or $35 at the door, and include entertainment, food, beer and wine. There will be raffles and a silent auction. Cubs organist Gary Pressy will play a Lowrey Heritage organ from 7 to 8 p.m. The organ, played by Pressy at Wrigley Field from 1993 to 2004, will be auctioned off, and bids will be taken at the benefit. To buy tickets or make a donation, visit www.heart4janet.org or mail a donation to Heart 4 Janet Benefit, c/o Archer Bank, 3435 W. 111th Street, Chicago, IL 60655.
Cocktails for a Cause: An event to benefit the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox will be held at CD & Me, 23320 S. LaGrange Road in Frankfort, from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 28. Tickets are $25, which includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and one entry into a raffle for $1,000 (winner need not be present to win). There will be live music, a disc jockey, a raffle and a silent auction. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.barnes-foundation.org. Tickets also will be available at the door.
“Fun”draiser for Sydney: A fundraiser for Sydney Lagrassa, 13, is to be held from 6 to 11 p.m. Sept. 28 at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St., Merrionette Park. Sydney was diagnosed with DiGeorge syndrome and has endured 11 surgeries since she was an infant. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, and will include buffet, beer and wine, entertainment, raffles, split the pot, silent auction and other activities. Donations of items for the raffle and auction are sought and financial donations are accepted at Archer Bank, 3435 W. 111th St., Chicago, IL 60655. Contact Heather Grencik at (708) 269-0856.
Operation Write Home: A cardmaking party for Operation Write Home, which helps troops keep in touch with loved ones back home, will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Crestwood Civic Center, 14025 Kostner Ave. The goal is to create 1,000 greeting cards there. Volunteers must be over the age of 16. For more information, email Debbie Spano at email@example.com.
Run for Lincoln-Way North: The Phoenix 5K Phun Run/Walk to benefit Lincoln-Way North athletic programs is scheduled for 8 a.m. Sept. 30 at the school, 19900 S. Harlem Ave. in Frankfort. Participants may register by downloading a form at www.lwnab.org and submitting it to Shelley Wantiez in the school’s athletic department or to a booster club member. Entry fees are $25 for adults ($30 the day of the race), $15 for high school students and $10 for students in grades six through eight. Younger children are free. Members of the Chicago Area Runners Association get a $5 discount. Day-of-race registration begins at 7:15 a.m.
Emily’s Entourage: A benefit for the family of Emily Beazley, 9, of Chicago’s Mount Greenwood community, who is fighting cancer, is scheduled from 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 5, at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St. in Merrionette Park. A $30 donation in advance or $40 at the door includes a full buffet; beer, wine and soft drinks; raffles and silent auction; and live entertainment. Emily was diagnosed in April 2011 with Stage 3 T cell lymphoblastic non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a very aggressive cancer. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.emilysentourage.com.
Parade for heroes: The Chicago Welcomes the Heroes organization is organizing a parade in downtown Chicago to welcome home Iraq war veterans. It will hold a fundraiser for the parade from 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 5 at Tinley Park VFW Post 2791, 17147 S. Oak Park Ave. in Tinley Park. The all-you-can-eat pizza dinner, sponsored by Aurelio’s, is $10. There also will be live entertainment, a silent auction and raffles. For more information, visit www.chicagowelcomeshometheheroes.org.
Annual charity ball: The Joliet Assembly of the Knights of Columbus will host their annual Charity Ball at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at the St. George Serbian Social Center, 310 S. Stryker Ave. in Joliet. Tickets are $45 per person and include dinner and dancing to the music of Lonnie Howard. Proceeds support the Deaf Apostolate of the Diocese of Joliet, Catholic Charities and Birthright of Joliet. For more information or to donate, contact Peter Baker at (815) 806-1499.
Walk of Hope: The Cancer Support Center’s Walk of Hope is scheduled for Oct. 7 at Irwin Park, 18120 Highland Ave. in Homewood. Day-of registration is at 9 a.m. a 10-step survivor celebration at 10:15 a.m., and the walk begins at 10:30 a.m. Registration is $25 for ages 15 and older; $15 for children ages 5 to 14; free for children under 5. Individual registration will be raised $10 after Sept. 28. For more information, contact Michelle Paetow at (708) 798-9171 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Raising it for Rachel: A benefit to help the family of Rachel Swallow, 11, who has been in a coma-like state for five months and has been diagnosed with acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 7 at Union Creek Pavilion behind Hilda Walker School, 19900 S. 80th Ave. in Tinley Park. Rachel’s family needs help with the financial burden of hospitalization and assumed after care from her illness. She will continue to need medical care, physical therapy and in-home nursing to reach a full recovery. The Sunday Fun Day will include food, music, jumpies, a bean bag tournament, face painting, raffles and more. Another fundraiser is scheduled for 2 to 7 p.m. Nov. 11 at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St., Merrionette Park. For more information, visist www.4TheLoveOfRachel.com.
Run for a cause: Athletes are invited to run this year’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Oct. 7 as part of the Special Olympics Chicago team. Registration has opened at www.sochicago.org. There is no cost to join the Special Olympics Chicago running team, however, participants are asked to raise a minimum of $1,000. Runners will also need to register for the Chicago Marathon at www.chicagomarathon.com.
Ball benefits Wellness House: The Wellness House of Hinsdale will host a fundraiser, “A Starry Night, An Evening to Support the Dreams of Wellness House,” at 6 p.m. Oct. 13 at The W Hotel, 172 W. Adams St. in Chicago. The ball raises funds to provide free services to cancer patients and their families. Tickets are $350. Cocktails, auction, dinner, dancing and music are on tap. For more information, visit www.wellnesshouse.org or call (630) 323-5150.
Smiles for Sarah: A benefit for Sarah McElheny will be held at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St., Merrionette Park, from 2 to 7 p.m. Oct. 14. Advance tickets are $30; it’s $35 at the door. The donation includes a buffet meal, draft beer, house wine and soda, and a door prize. Additional raffles will be held. Checks should be made out to Smiles for Sarah. Sarah, an Oak Lawn resident, has been in Hope Childrens Hospital with complications from leukemia and West Nile Virus. For more information, visit www.smilesforsarah.com.
“Dancing with the Senior Stars”: A dinner dance competition and fundraiser to benefit the 2013 Orland Township Scholarship Foundation will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 25 at Georgios Banquets, 8800 W. 159th St. in Orland Hills. Tickets are $25. For more information, call (708) 403-4222.
Evening with the Arts: Bridges to a New Day counseling agency will host “Evening with the Arts” starting at 6 p.m. Oct. 26 at Broken Arrow Golf Club, 16325 Broken Arrow Drive, Lockport. The agency offers local residents assistance programs related to counseling, domestic violence and parenting. Artwork from local artists will be available to bid on in a silent auction. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children under 12. Children 3 and under are free. For more information or to buy tickets, call (815) 838-2690, email email@example.com. or visit www.bridgestoanewday.org/home.
Benefit for Lemont man: Family and friends of Paul Naples, of Lemont, are hosting a benefit for his family from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Oct. 27 at VFW Post 6863, 7256 W. 63rd St. in Summit. Naples, 58, underwent a liver transplant last year and has had numerous setbacks. Insurance coverage has run out, and Naples, married and a father of two, requires around-the-clock care. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door, and include live music, raffles and silent auction. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Lynn at (708) 334-1855, Kathy at (708) 204-8453, or Janel at (312) 307-2207. Donations also can be made to The Naples Benefit at Chase banks.
Silver Crossings: The Will County Union of King’s Daughters and Sons will hold its first annual Silver Crossings Craft Fair from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 3 in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, Pavilion A, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Admission is also free. More than 40 artisans will be selling handmade craft items and homemade baked goods, and there will be raffles.
Seeking volunteers: The Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter is seeking individuals interested in becoming Alzheimer’s Association Community Representatives in Will County. New volunteers will receive training. To become an AACR, visit alz.org/illinois, click on “volunteer” and select “Alzheimer’s Association Community Rep” on the application form.
Donate unused tickets: Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens, 7402 W. Lake Katherine Drive in Palos Heights, has joined tix4cause.com, an emarketplace ticket service that turns unused tickets into cash donations for nonprofits. Individuals, businesses or corporations can donate unused tickets for sports, music, theater or leisure activities to Lake Katherine. The public can buy tickets via tix4cause.com, and 90 percent of the ticket proceeds go to support Lake Katherine. To make a donation and/or buy tickets, visit www.lakekatherine.org or tix4cause.com. Be sure to identify Lake Katherine as your charity of choice. Information: (708) 361-1873.
“Back to School Angels” wanted: The South Suburban Family Shelter is looking for “Back to School Angels” who will “adopt” a child to help supply them with various back-to-school items because teachers’ lists of required supplies are so varied. “Angels” can be individuals or a group who “adopt” a student and split up the list. Donors do not have to shop; the shelter is accepting gift cards from office supply stores and retailers that carry school supplies. Donors also can send a check payable to South Suburban Family Shelter to P.O. Box 937, Homewood, IL 60430. Those interested in being an angel or volunteering should e-mail email@example.com. For more information, call (708) 794-2140, Ext.303, or visit www.ssfs1.org.
Text to Give: Nonprofit organization Park Lawn, 10833 S. LaPorte, Oak Lawn, has recently launched a new “Text to Give” mobile giving campaign to benefit the programs and services for individuals with developmental disabilities. The program allows donors to make a $5 donation through Give by Cell by texting the phrase GIVEPL to the number 20222. Donations are tax-deductible and pledges are billed through your monthly cell phone bill. Users must be 18 or older or have parental permission to participate, and must agree to the terms and conditions. Message and data rates may apply. For more information, visit www.givebycell.com.
Staples: Together We Cope is seeking certain staples that are in short supply at its food pantry. Canned soup, pasta, rice and breakfast cereal in particular can be dropped off at the pantry, 17010 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and from 2 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays. Contact Carol Ettema, pantry director, at (708) 633-5040 if you wish to conduct a food drive for those items.
Housing for homeless: Applications for South Suburban PADS’ new permanent supportive housing program are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the agency’s main office, 414 W. Lincoln Highway in Chicago Heights. PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) has six newly renovated apartments in Blue Island and Oak Lawn available. Qualified candidates will be eligible for the rental units based on the order in which applications are received. Contact Charmayne Thames at (708) 754-4357, Ext. 126.
Books Sought: Books are being collected to enhance the library of the Illinois Youth Facility, a maximum security facility in Joliet. People can drop off books appropriate for boys ages 13 to 20 at Curves, 20833 S. LaGrange Road, Frankfort. Scholastic and chapter books, workbooks, kids magazines and comics, hard covers and paperbacks are sought. Information: Kay MacNeil at (815) 469-1294 or Nella Piccolin at (815) 469-4996.
Donations sought: The American Association of Single Parents, Inc., in Park Forest, is seeking program materials and monetary donations after losing more than $7,000 in materials needed for its Academics Creating Excellence After-School and Summer Day Camp programs when its former location went into foreclosure. Checks should be made payable to American Association of Single Parents and mailed to P.O. Box 226, Chicago Heights, IL 60466, or make a donation by PayPal at www.aasp-inc.org. For a list of materials needed, contact Nicole Howell at (708) 705-2430 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Purr-fect Donations: The South Suburban Humane Society is seeking donations to help take care of kittens. The humane society is registered at Target and Wal-Mart. Donated items also can be dropped off at The South Suburban Humane Society at 1103 West End Ave., Chicago Heights, or the SSHS Spay/Neuter Clinic at 18349 S. Halsted St., Glenwood.
Fall Attire Needed: Nu2u, Together We Cope’s resale shop at 17010 S. Oak Park Ave. in Tinley Park, seeks donations of children’s fall and winter clothing in all sizes and styles. The nonprofit assists families in temporary crisis from 22 south suburban communities. The store also is open to the public and provides revenue to fund Together We Cope programs. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 2 to 7 p.m. Thursdays; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Call (708) 633-9180.
Donations sought: The Silver Cross Hospital resale shop, the Encore Shop, is accepting donations of gently used seasonal decorations, adult and children’s clothing, household items and books. Donations can be dropped off 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and the first Saturday of the month at the Encore Shop at 1200 Maple Road, Joliet, just north of the former Silver Cross Hospital Emergency Department. Call (815) 300-7642 or Volunteers Services at Silver Cross Hospital at (815) 300-7117.
Pizza for a cause: St. Christopher School and Kenootz Pizzeria have teamed up for an Eat and Earn Fundraiser on the first Tuesday of each month. Kenootz Pizzeria, 4659 W. 147th St., Midlothian, is donating 25 percent of all profits for dine-in, carry-out and delivery order (before taxes, gratuity, and coupons) to the school. Be sure to mention St. Christopher when ordering to have the percentage donated. Call the pizzeria at (708) 535-0005.
Target St. Christopher School: St. Christopher School in Midlothian is continuing its participation in Target Corp.’s “Take Charge of Education” program. To help the school, individuals need to use their Target REDcard and inform the checkout person that they would like St. Christopher School to receive credit for the purchase. It does not cost the purchaser anything and Target Corp. will donate up to 1 percent of the REDcard purchases to the school.
Help for Share Your Soles founder: Donations are being accepted for Share Your Soles founder Mona Purdy, who lost her apartment building and nearly everything she owned in a fire earlier this year. Share Your Soles collects shoes for underprivileged people worldwide, but Purdy now is trying to get back on her feet personally. Ram Racing has set up an online donation site, at www.ramracing.org/mona. Checks made out to “Benefit for Mona Purdy” also are being accepted at and can be mailed to Standard Bank & Trust, 11901 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, IL 60464.
Shopping for school: The Summit Hill Educational Foundation is part of the Dominick’s family of stores’ eScrip program. To participate in the SHEF fundraiser, individuals need to register their Fresh Values cards at Dominick’s. For information, call (815) 474-9052 or visit email@example.com.
Donations needed: Neat Repeats Resale stores in Orland Park and Worth are in need of gently used women’s and children’s clothing, accessories, handbags, shoes and jewelry along with small household appliances and kitchen items in good working order. The Neat Repeats stores depend on community residents to provide the inventory for the retail operations. All donations benefit women and children who are receiving services free of charge from the Crisis Center for South Suburbia. Items can be dropped off at either store location: 7026 W. 111th St. in Worth, (708) 361-6860; or 9028 W. 159th St. in Orland Park, (708) 364-7605.
Donations sought: The Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn is seeking donations as part of its annual appeal. In 2012, the museum is trying to raise money for its new “We the People” interactive exhibit, which will teach kids about the importance of patriotism and includes pieces of two beams from the World Trade Center. Donations can be made online at the museum’s website, www.cmoaklawn.org, by following the links to donate or become a member; by mail at Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn, 5100 Museum Drive, Oak Lawn, IL 60453 or in person at the museum. Call (708) 423-6709.
Sharing soles: Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia, is collecting shoes for the Share Your Soles organization. Any gently worn shoes will be accepted 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays. The goal of the charity is to provide shoes to underprivileged families worldwide. Call (708) 403-4222.
Boot drive: Share Your Soles is seeking donations to help meet the needs of the thousands of bootless children in the Chicago area. Monetary donations and boot donations can be mailed to or dropped off at the Share Your Soles facility, 5623 W. 115th St., Alsip, IL 60803.
Pets for vets: To ease the financial costs associated with pet ownership, the Animal Welfare League offers all veterans with military ID an exclusive 20 percent adoption fee discount. Adoptions include a free leash and collar or cat carrier, AVID Microchip, 10-day health care and one-year rabies vaccination. Adoptable pets can be viewed online at www.animalwelfareleague.com or by visiting the Chicago Ridge location, noon to 8 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Veterans can also get a 10 percent discount off veterinary services through its clinic, which is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. Information: visit www.PetsforPatriots.org or call (877) 473-8223.
Volunteers sought: Catholic Charities is seeking volunteers to help at “The Giving Tree” donation center at 3016 S. State St. in Lockport. Volunteers will assist with sorting, organizing and distributing a variety of items. Volunteers must be available to help on weekdays and be at least 18. Contact Marianne Holzhauer at (815) 774-4663, ext. 3105 for information. If you are in need of services, contact Daybreak Center at the same phone number. For more information about the programs and services provided by Catholic Charities, visit catholiccharitiesjoliet.org.
Ring up donations: South Suburban Family Shelter is seeking cell phone donations and new cell phone collection sites for its ongoing fundraising program. The agency works with a company that specializes in the collection and recycling of used cellular phones. Some cell phone collection sites include: SSFS administrative office, 18139 Harwood, Homewood; Bergstein’s NY Deli, 200 Dixie Highway, Chicago Heights; and Doyle Designed Salon, 2630 Flossmoor Road., Flossmoor. Call (708) 794-2140, Ext.303.
Opportunities for animals: The Animal Welfare League in Chicago Ridge is selling Golden Opportunities Books 2012 for $25 each to raise money for its homeless animals. The books offer 50 percent-off coupons and two-for-one discounts at local restaurants, movies, grocers, sporting events and more. The Chicagoland South Suburban/Northwest Indiana Edition is available at the shelter. Call (708) 636-8586, Ext. 268.
Filling pantries: Working to meet unprecedented demand at its pantries in Worth and Summit, Catholic Charities southwest regional office is accepting donations of food and money earmarked for the pantries at its office, 7000 W. 111th St. in Worth. Call (708) 430-0428.
New program: Sertoma Centre Inc. hopes to reach a growing population of individuals who have been dually diagnosed with a developmental disability and mental illness. Its new program is a part of the Developmental Training Programs at Sertoma Centre, which will provide the opportunity for individuals to receive group or individual counseling. Participants in the program also will be given alternatives to talk therapies to better suit the needs of a wide range of individuals. Art, sand and play therapy techniques will be utilized for those who struggle with expressing their thoughts and feelings. Also, the utilization of poetry, music, and journaling will be implemented for relaxation and therapeutic interventions. Contact Heather Beckner at (708) 730-6333 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gift cards aid shelter: South Suburban Family Shelter is participating in Jewel-Osco’s gift card program. Gift cards are available for purchase in $25, $50 and $100 increments, and the shelter will receive a 5 percent rebate for cards sold by the agency. Payment is made to South Suburban Family Shelter for the face value of the gift card: Proceeds benefit the programs and services provided free of charge to victims of domestic violence and their families. Contact the shelter at (708) 794-2140, Ext.303, or visit the administrative offices at 18139 Harwood, Homewood.
Tickets for a cause: Sertoma Centre Inc. has joined Tix4Cause.com, a ticket exchange website, to offer a new way for supporters to donate. The Tix4Cause website provides an online platform where ticketholders can donate unwanted tickets to Sertoma Centre and receive a tax deduction. Buyers then purchase these tickets, often at reasonable prices, and Tix4Cause passes 100 percent of the proceeds on to Sertoma Centre. Tix4Cause handles every aspect of customer service including ticket processing and handling. Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park is the first to donate tickets on behalf of Sertoma Centre. The tickets are valued at $140 and include four rounds of open play, 1-18 holes on their course. Sertoma Centre Inc. is a nonprofit agency that provides services to more than 625 individuals with developmental, physical and emotional disabilities and/or mental illness. Contact Melanie Jones at (708) 730-6206, www.sertomacentre.org or visit www.tix4cause.com.
Shop for PADS: South Suburban PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) has joined the network of charitable organizations that turn gently used fashions and accessories into cash at the Spree store at 151st Street and LaGrange Road in Orland Park. All donations of gently used clothing, shoes, jewelry, purses and other accessories donated at the Spree store can earn money for PADS. When individuals drop their items at Spree and select PADS as the charity of their choice, PADS receives a check for these donations. Information: Contact Dawn Thrasher at (708) 754-4357, Ext. 107, or email@example.com.
Furniture helps Sertoma: Sertoma Centre is seeking donations of furniture for resale at its Good as New thrift store, 4331 Lincoln Highway in Matteson. Sertoma will pick up used donated furniture items and provide a receipt for tax purposes. The thrift store sales benefit more than 625 physically or developmentally challenged clients being served at the Sertoma Centre each day. To schedule a free pickup, contact Karey Wentz, Thrift Store manager, at (708) 481-5627, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Replenish the pantry: Elsie’s Pantry, located at Moraine Valley Community Church in Palos Hills, has an ongoing need for canned goods and monetary donations to keep up with the increasing need. Since June 2000, the pantry has served more than 27,000 people living in Palos Hills, Palos Heights, Palos Park, Hickory Hills and parts of Bridgeview, Justice, Orland Park, Willow Springs and Worth. However, donations have decreased over the past two years, forcing the pantry to use its reserves, which, if not replenished, would run out by the end of the year. Canned goods can be brought to the church between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Donations by check may be made to Elsie’s Pantry, 8601 W. 107th St., Palos Hills, 60465. Information: (708) 598-4435.
Free bag of food: New Mercies Community Services was organized in 2003 to provide support services to low-income, elderly and disabled families in south Cook County. The organization operates a food pantry in Midlothian that distributes bags of food twice weekly to this same targeted population. Food distribution is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at New Mercies Community Services, 3824 W. 147th St., Midlothian. Donations to support the service also are sought. Information: Laurie Reed at (708) 606-2864.
Come clean: Together We Cope is seeking donations of personal care items — including shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, soap and disposable razors — that will be shared with families utilizing food pantry services. Donations of any quantity may be dropped off at 17010 S. Oak Park Ave. Tinley Park. Together We Cope is a nonprofit agency assisting families in temporary crisis from 22 south suburban communities. Information: Suellen or Tina at (708) 633-5040 or www.togetherwecope.org.
Reaching out: Together We Cope in Tinley Park has established an emergency outreach food program with Faith United Methodist Church as a partner. Emergency bags of nonperishable food will be delivered to the Orland Park church to increase outreach to families needing food. The organization seeks to establish similar partnerships with other area churches. Information: Mary Ann Baer at (708) 633-5040.
Furniture pickup: Together We Cope has added an additional day to its schedule for furniture pickups in Tinley Park and nearby suburbs. With pickups on Tuesdays and Fridays, there now is new inventory of gently used furniture twice a week at the organization??s resale shop, located at 17010 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park. The shop is open six days a week, and a small donation is requested for furniture pickups. Information: Call the shop at (708) 633-9180 or visit www.togetherwecope.org. Together We Cope is a nonprofit agency assisting families in crisis from 27 south suburban communities.
Help soldiers call home: “Cell Phones for Soldiers” was started by two teenagers to help buy calling cards to send to U.S. military stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan and throughout the world. They are collecting old cell phones and accessories. The cell phones are recycled for cash and proceeds used to buy the calling cards for the soldiers. “Cell Phones for Soldiers” has raised almost $2 million in donations and distributed more than 500,000 prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas. Daniels Printing and Office Supply, 14800 Cicero Ave., Oak Forest, is an official drop-off point for any make or model cell phone. Information: www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.
Seeking senior volunteers: The Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Catholic Charities is seeking people 55 or older willing to share their talents and help those in need at a variety of local organizations, mainly in the Joliet Diocese. Catholic Charities will match individual interests with available volunteer opportunities and will provide supplementary insurance, mileage and meal reimbursement during volunteer service. Information: Cindy, (815) 933-7791, Ext. 125.
Donate cell phones: South Suburban Family Shelter is collecting old cell phones to be recycled. The recycling process produces revenue to support the shelter’s services. The Rotary Club of Park Forest has paired up with the shelter to help in the collection process. For a list of donation sites, visit www.rotaryofparkforest.org and click on “cell phone locations,” or www.ssfs1.org and click on “donate.”
Wendy’s Night: VFW Post 177 MacDonald-Linn has a fundraiser between 5 and 8 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month at the Wendy’s Restaurant at 79th Street and Harlem Avenue in Bridgeview. Proceeds benefit the VFW National Home for Children, located in Michigan. Participants simply order food (drive-through or sit-in) from Wendy’s during this time period, and Wendy’s donates a portion of its profits to this cause.
Food for victims: South Suburban Family Shelter is in need of nonperishable food items such as canned soups, vegetables and fruit for its clients who are experiencing domestic violence. Personal hygiene products (regular, not sample size please) are also needed. Donations may be dropped off at 18139 Harwood, Homewood. Please call ahead before dropping off items. Contact the shelter at (708) 794-2140, Ext. 303.
Text to Give: St. Xavier University’s Department for University Advancement has announced a new “Text to Give” mobile giving campaign to benefit the university’s Class Gift Fund and the St. Xavier Fund. The program allows donors to make $10 donations using their mobile phones through Give by Cell. You can make a gift to the Class Gift Fund by texting CLASSGIFT with your first and last name to 20222, or make a gift to the St. Xavier Fund by texting SXU with your first and last name to 20222. Donors can give multiple times a month depending on your carrier. Donations are tax-deductible, and pledges are billed through your monthly cell phone bill. Messaging and data rates may apply. For information, visit www.givebycell.com.